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Published: 19 November 2022

By Andy Ross

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Bonono Kavula

Circles of shweshwe exploring time and space: Bonona Kavula's work

Bonono Kavula is an artist from Kimberley, South Africa, who creates works that explore what art is and what art means. 

In an exhibition on at the moment in the Norval Foundation - the South African National Association for the Visual Arts - the artist presents mathematical works that, deceptively simple to look at, explore space through shadow and light. Hidden though, in amongst the lines and shapes that make up each artwork, are the materials. Using her mother's red shweshwe dress as inspiration, the artist punches out circles of cloth and pieces them to refer to memory and family, tradition and the melding together of cultures, history and art movements from across the world. The current show is called "sewedi sewedi", Sewedi being her mother's maiden name, in homage to ancestors and as a play on the name of the cloth used in the art: shweshwe. For pictures of the work head on over to Google or SMAC Gallery.